Cold has my spirits on ice

My energy level has a tendency to hit rock bottom at this time of year.

It’s cold outside. The days are short. And let’s face it, many of us have been hunting since early October.

Throw in trail camera season, summer scouting and hanging stands, and it’s a six-month hunting season.

So, by time Christmas rolls around, my excitement for the chase is dipping downward. I’ve had a good year, at least one where I can walk away satisfied knowing I gave it my best shot.

In the six-week early archery season, I many have hunted between 20-25 days. By the time Nov. 12 rolled around, I was running on empty.

The rifle season and bear seasons were active, and I killed my first black bear this fall, which was exciting. But as usual, my mind is always looking ahead to next season.

It happens all the time. I create this wish list, the plan for next year … new stand locations, plans to get in and out of the woods, and all that fun stuff.

I’m also tempted this time of year to get a camera in the woods to see what survived the season. If you are a late archery hunter or muzzleloader, I wish you well. You’ve got an extra gear that some of us just don’t have.

And if I had it, getting outside on a 10-degree morning would wilt it pretty quickly.







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